Free Speech Radio News lineup - Thursday, December 02, 2004
Puerto Rican Recount Begins Again
Ballots in Puerto Rico for the governorship are being recounted today.However the method is hotly contested.After the November 2nd elections there is still no clear winner, reminiscent of a similarly contested election in 1980 when a recount took two months.Exit polls and newspapers gave the nod to pro-state candidate Pedro Rossello Gonzalez. But, Anibal Acevedo Vila, who is in favor of keeping Puerto Rico a colony and is candidate of the current governor?s party, reportedly took a slight edge.The recount was stalled for 6 days after about 150 election workers walked off the job protesting the way ballots were being handled. Earlier in the week, 20-thousand protestors took to the streets saying the U.S. courts are interfering.Puerto Rico?s Supreme Court ordered the counting to continue, while a U.S. district court said disputed ballots should be set aside and reviewed by the court.
Rocket Fuel in Organic Food
A key rocket fuel chemical has been found in some foods, including those labeled as organic according to findings by the Food and Drug Administration. With the DC Radio Coop, Dolores M. Bernal reports.
Networks Call Inclusive Church Ad Controversial
Two major television networks are refusing to run an ad by a Christian denomination calling it "too controversial" in its appeal for an all-inclusive church.Katie Murray has the story.
Philippines Second Most Dangerous for Journalists
Philippine government officials confirmed today that another journalist has been killed in the country, now considered the second most dangerous place for journalists.Girlie Linow reports from Manila.
US Government Charged with Taking Native Children
Native Americans in South Dakota charge that state officials routinely violate the Indian Child Welfare Act. Jim Kent reports from Pierre, South Dakota.
NE Gov. Mike Johanns Appointed as Agricultural Secretary (1:22)
That was Nebraska Governor Mike Johanns whom President Bush today announced as his pick to succeed Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman. At his side, President Bush then reiterated his agriculture vision for the next four years.-- US farm policy however is under fire from many countries, both rich and poor and from the WTO for tax breaks to US based businesses and for unfairly subsidizing US farmers to the impoverishment of farmers worldwide.-- In 2001 Governor Johanns was named chairman of the 25 state governor?s Ethanol Coalition that supports Bush?s attempts to expand the use of corn-based fuel in the US. Environmentalists criticize this fuel because its production is polluting.
Omnibus Bill Still Alive (3:05)
The FBI raided the headquarters of the top pro-Israeli lobbying group in Washington the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, also known as AIPAC. The group was also served with a grand-jury subpoena in an investigation of alleged Israeli spying within the Pentagon.Even with the investigation, the US is still poised to give Israel 2.2 billion dollars in military aid.The money is part of the 19 billion dollar foreign operation bill that is part of the omnibus appropriation package that Congress will finalize next week.Mitch Jeserich has more on the foreign operations bill from Washington DC.
Senegal Weighs in on Cote D?Ivoire Crisis (4:16)
The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), announced today that it has arrested some 100 people suspected to be Rwandan troops after an incursion across the border into eastern Congo. This comes as the Cote D?Ivoire crisis continues and various African nations are wieghing in on potential ideas for a peaceful end to the conflict, sometimes with their own interests paramount. Senegal is particularly affected because of the high rates of immigration to the Cote D'Ivoire where some 500, 000 Senegalese nationals have lived since the early 70s.Speaking to Financial Times, Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade suggested Ivorian elections should be postponed and a transitional government appointed. As Ndiaga Seck reports from Senegal, this declaration nearly triggered diplomatic incident.
International AIDS Day: Havana, Cuba (3:48)
As we continue our special series this week in commemoration of International AIDS day, today we begin our coverage in Havana. Cuba's campaign to eradicate HIV/AIDS was, from the outset, controversial as anyone testing HIV positive was confined to a sanatorium in the days when the method of the virus? transmission was unknown and isolation deemed necessary. All blood supplies on the Island were destroyed and screening imposed. Whatever one may think of the methods, they were very successful. Today Cuba has one of the lowest infection rates on the planet. Our Havana correspondent, Joseph Mutti, spoke to one of the very first people to be diagnosed HIV positive in Cuba.
International AIDS Day: Uganda (2:59)
In Uganda experts have been discussing strategies to employ in the fight against the quickly spreading HIV virus. The 3rd Ugandan AIDS Partnership Forum coincided with World AIDS day and the theme this year was about protecting women and children against HIV. Joshua Kyalimpa reports from Uganda.
Pacifica Radio Archives Preserves "Living History" (4:15)
The Pacifica Radio Archives is currently holding their drive to raise fund to preserve historical voices of resistance. The archives contain rare recordings of interviews, speeches and reports featuring some of the most compelling figures and events from the past fifty years. The day-long fund-drive, named Preserving a Living History, highlights the archives 47,000 recordings- many of which are in need of immediate preservation. From KPFK in Los Angeles, which houses the archives, Aura Bogado reports.
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